I looked at this mare today.
She would be available to me by way of a trade for a 21 year old TWH gelding that the owner is wanting to find a home for, and has offered to me.
I was taken aback by the poor condition of the mare, so I am posting this here in the health section instead of the conformation critique section.
Said to be 3 years old, soon to be 4. Looks maybe like a long 2 yr old to me. Teeth small and blackened in a way I have seen from having to eat manure.
Has had a halter imbedded in face quite some time ago judging by how high up on the face the indentation of the bone is. Current owner says it was still scabby when she got her late spring this year (2013).
Front legs not straight, left badly benched to the outside, right not quite so bad. Something wrong with right rear fetlock??
Owner's boyfriend wants to learn to trim feet. Poor thing looked like rear feet hurt so bad they kind of shook a little with every step.
Supposedly trained to ride, I didn't try, or want to. Owner says she can't get her to do anything, I think she probably doesn't know what to do. But also feel she may have had a lot of stress put on undeveloped joints.
So my questions here are what would it take to bring her to good condition, and then would I have a horse that is conformational-ally sturdy enough for me, a short, plus size rider?